These are the top ten newspaper columns selected by The National Society of Newspaper Columnists and published in Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. The selection was based on an online questionnaire from their website and emailed to it’s members. The columns selected are featured in Deadline Artists.

Son of Sam: Fear in Queens—Jimmy Breslin—New York Daily News—5/15/1977

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[In the summer of 1977, a serial killer terrorized New York City. Initially known as the .44 Killer and then as the Son of Sam, the murderer communicated with Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin through a series of letters. In … Continue reading

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The Southern Gentlemen—Murray Kempton—New York Post—11/14/1955

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The come-on flyers for the Southern Gentlemen’s organization of Louisiana are tricked out rather drearily with a stock drawing of an ante-bellum colonel, goateed and string-tied. Their living expression, as in most of the South, is thicker of blood and … Continue reading

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Super Hero – Wells Twombly – San Francisco Examiner – 1-2-1973

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In nature, there are certain movements so swift and so graceful that no mortal can adequately describe what has taken place. In the upper branches of a fir tree, a squirrel goes bounding from level to level, his eyes focused … Continue reading

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The Liberation of Dachau—Marguerite Higgins—New York Herald Tribune—5/1/1945

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Troops of the United States 7th Army liberated 33,000 prisoners this afternoon at this first and largest of the Nazi concentration camps. Some of the prisoners had endured for eleven years the horrors of notorious Dachau. The liberation was a … Continue reading

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Mussolini’s Tough Guys—Westbrook Pegler—Scripps Howard—12/1/1935

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One rainy afternoon in Rome I went out in a taxi to circle the huge park, surrounded by a high wall, where Mussolini’s house stands alone amid a grove of trees. The house was hidden from view, and the trip … Continue reading

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The Cinderella Man – Damon Runyon – The New York American – 6/14/1935

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The fistic fairy tale comes true.  James J. Braddock, of New Jersey, “the Cinderella Man” of pugilism, is the new heavy-weight champion of the world. He beats the glamorous Max Baer of California, in a fifteen-round right in the Madison … Continue reading

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Louisiana’s Kingfish Lies in State—Joseph Cookman—New York Post—9/12/1935

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[Louisiana’s populist governor and senator Huey Long—called by some an American Mussolini and immortalized in Robert Penn Warren’s novel All the King’s Men, was assassinated in the statehouse he commissioned.] The Louisiana peasant who became Louisiana’s king is on view … Continue reading

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The Murder of President Lincoln—Noah Brooks—Sacramento Daily Union—4/16/1865

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No living man ever dreamed that it was possible that the intense joy of the nation over the recent happy deliverance from war could be or would be so soon turned to grief more intense and bitter than ever before … Continue reading

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The Dempsey-Willard Fight—Grantland Rice—New York Tribune—7/5/1919

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Jack Dempsey proved to be the greatest fighting tornado, in a boxing way, the game has ever known, when in nine minutes of actual combat today, he crushed Jess Willard into a shapeless man of gore and battered flesh. One … Continue reading

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Mata Hari Falls Before Firing Squad—Henry G. Wales—International News Service—10/19/1917

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Mata Hari, which is Javanese for Eye-of-the-Morning, is dead. She was shot as a spy by a firing squad of Zouaves at the Vincennes Barracks. She died facing death literally, for she refused to be blindfolded. Gertrud Margarete Zelle, for … Continue reading

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